Ferrari 250 GTO 1962 sold for a record $ 48 millionAugust 27, 2018
At auction auction house RM Sotheby’s sold a racing coupe Ferrari 250 GTO, which previously owned the former leading Microsoft programmer
At auction auction house RM Sotheby’s, held in the American Monterey (California), sold the coupe Ferrari 250 GTO in 1962 release. The car was paid a record $ 48.4 million, which is $ 10.3 million more than another 250 GTO, which went under the hammer in 2014.
The coupe with the chassis numbered “3413” in 1962 won the Italian GT championship, in 1963 and 1964 finished first in the Sicilian race Targa Florio. The last owner of the car was computer engineer Greg Whitten, who previously headed the department of software architecture development at Microsoft. The new owner of the Ferrari 250 GTO was the American car collector, whose name is not called.
Coupe retained the original engine, transmission and rear axle. The Ferrari 250 GTO is equipped with a three-liter 12-cylinder engine that develops 300 horsepower. The engine works in tandem with a five-speed manual box with a “dog-leg” scheme, where the first gear is activated by moving the lever downward – to accelerate the transition from the second stage to the third.
The Ferrari 250 GTO is considered one of the most successful racing cars of the Italian brand. The model, which was produced from 1962 to 1964, went out in only 36 copies. The numbers in the name of the sports car mean the volume of each cylinder, and the abbreviation GTO stands for Gran Turismo Omologata – “allowed before the race.”